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Can I use more than one EHD per receiver?

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by mark069, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. mark069

    mark069 Mentor

    Jan 10, 2007
    I'm thinking of using a different USB hard disk with my 622 and I would like to know if it will format and use the new EHD without any problems and without the need for a "reauthorization" from Dish.

    Does it matter if this other EHD was formatted and used for data storage on a PC before?
  2. ChuckA

    ChuckA Hall Of Fame

    Feb 7, 2006
    Use as many as you want as long as only one at a time is connected. The drive will be formatted when you connect it no matter what it had on it before.
  3. TulsaOK

    TulsaOK New Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    What if the EHD had been on another receiver that wasn't on the account? Don't we get the chance to "marry" it to this receiver? I don't remember this ever coming up before, but I wonder if that three swap limit might work in this case.
    Apparently, I have too much time on my hands.
  4. Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    If it was on a different account you and you have moved it several times you are out of luck. DISH does allow a drive connected to a receiver on another account to be moved three times. After the third time you will need to format it again for THAT receiver to use it.

    Don't worry about trying to move it. The receiver gives you double warnings before it reformats it (if it needs to because it was moved more than three times).
  5. mark069

    mark069 Mentor

    Jan 10, 2007
    Actually, my plan is to copy over the contents from the EHD back onto the 622 HD and then format the EHD on a PC and use the EHD for moving files from an old PC to a new PC I just bought. Then I intend to reconnect and reformat it on the 622.

    Sounds like this should work without a hitch?
  6. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    If time and unreasonable fear of potential glitches isn't a problem, it should work fine. Or you could buy a new EHD and after copying the files to the new PC, keep it for awhile in case something goes wrong with the new PC. Probably could get one really cheap beginning Wednesday if you're near one of the many Bay Area closing Circuit City stores. See the list here (PDF format).
  7. TulsaOK

    TulsaOK New Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    That's probably a good place to pick up a drive pretty reasonable. Circuit City is closing all of our Metro Atlanta stores. The CC that I visit usually has an empty parking lot so I can understand why this is happening. Best Buy, on the other hand, is usually packed. CC usually has better prices. :confused:
  8. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    I remember CC fondly from back when they were known as Custom Hi-Fi. I won't miss them.

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